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WILLOW WEAVING WORKSHOPS AT THE OLD BREWERY STUDIOS 2021

In August 2019 we moved into The Old Brewery Studios, a beautiful new workshop situated in the heart of our village. Kirk and I now have a fantastic space in which to work on our commissions as well as to teach from. The natural light is wonderful, and we are surrounded by fantastic architecture and gardens.  On sale we have traditional and contemporary baskets, sculpture kits, basketry books and tools.

Throughout 2021 we will be providing one , two and three day basketry and sculpture workshops. We offer a Tuesday class, held once a month for those of you wishing to work on projects of your choice and develop your practice. We have invited excellent new tutors to the workshop for the first time and plan for this to be an exciting new addition to our yearly programme. Unfortunately we are no longer teaching at weekends (except for rescheduled dates brought forward from 2020). As usual all workshops are suitable for beginners, improvers and advanced students. 

As you are all aware the last year has been a most challenging, resulting in the cancellation of many workshops during lockdown. We would like to say a huge thank you to students who patiently waited for us to re-open, rescheduled their bookings and supported us throughout this time . Many of you are still waiting to return and we look forward to weaving with you again when we reopen in May. We have added new workshop dates in June and July to make up for those cancelled dates earlier this year, so check them out and hope to see you soon.

To book a place on a workshop email suekirkwillowbaskets@outlook.com  To secure your place we ask for a full payment for the workshop. You can pay by bank transfer or by cheque, your payment can be refunded if cancel two weeks before the date of the workshop. Please email for bank details. If you want to pay by cheque, pop it in the post along with a booking form

We also have gift vouchers available for Christmas and Birthdays, please email for details.

 

WORKSHOP CHANGES DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

Our workshops are now up and running again and we will be following new health and safety guidelines.

* Maximum of 6 students per workshop. Each student will have their own personal socially distanced work area and bench.

* We advise that students wear face shields or masks during the workshops, especially when walking around the room or being taught one to one by your tutor. You can remove masks when working alone at your bench . As your tutor i shall be wearing a face shield throughout the class.

* Work areas, tools and equipment will be deep cleaned before and after each class. If you have your own tools, please bring them along.

* For the time being we can no longer provide lunch, cake, biscuits and drinks. Instead students are asked to bring their own lunches, snacks and drinks.

  • We have hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities available for use throughout the workshop. 
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ONE DAY WORKSHOPS

Each class has a specific technique for you to learn. Projects are seasonal and willow is specifically selected for these different structures. Also learn how to select and prepare the willow when making these structures. Cost is £80 per day, includes materials, bring your own lunch. 10am - 4.30pm

LIVING WILLOW PLAITED TREES

Monday 22st March. Sorry this workshop has been cancelled but will be repeated next year

Using freshly cut green willows grown organically here in King's Cliffe weave your own living willow tree. You can take home 3-5 trees in a day.

PLANT SUPPORTS FOR YOUR GARDEN

Monday 26th April. Sorry this workshop is now cancelled, new dates below

New Monday 7th June FULL

Monday 28th June FULL

You can make 2 willow plant supports in one day. You can choose to make the beginners 'banded' support which can range from 4'-6' tall. Or the more advanced 'spiral' support. You can make smaller supports for pots. Or make cloches to support peonies or delphiniums.

PHEASANT, GOOSE OR RUNNER DUCK SCULPTURE

Monday 27th September 1 space available

There is an extra £15 cost for your metal frame and wooden stand. Choose from a pheasant, goose or duck sculpture. Each sculpture has a 6mm or 8mm metal frame (provided) which is secured into a log stand. Learn how to weave over the frame adding texture and detail using a variety of coloured willows. You can also learn how to use the willow effectively to give a fluid-like finish to your sculpture.

ASYMMETRIC BASKET

Monday 25th October FULL

These contemporary style baskets originate from a design created by Polish Basketmaker, Stanislaw Dziubak . As a beginner you can make one of these baskets in a day. The beautiful border is easier than it looks and the end results are stunning.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

Monday 29th November FULL  

You can expect to go home with a handful of beautiful willow decorations for your home and garden. Over the years we have gathered together a variety of our favourite Christmas designs such as Scandinavian style stars, wreaths, spheres, tiny reindeer's for your tree and small Christmas trees. 

ADDITIONAL WEEKEND DATES

These two Saturday dates were added to the programme for students whose Saturday classes were cancelled last year. They are open workshops, so you can make any project of your choice . Some students are making beginners baskets others are weaving bird sculptures.

Saturday 5th June  FULL

Saturday 12th June FULL

TWO DAY BASKETRY WORKSHOPS

BASKETMAKING
Spend two days submerged in basketmaking! Use a variety of Somerset willows and King’s Cliffe willows to make traditional or contemporary baskets. For example, beginners can make a small round basket with a handle, while intermediate/advanced students can make log baskets or practice oval or square work with more advanced techniques such as partitions, lids, handles or fastenings.

Cost £160 includes materials, tea and coffee. 10 am till 4.30pm.

Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd April 2021 Now cancelled , see new dates below

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th May FULL

Thursday 20th and Friday 21st May FULL

New Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd May FULL

New Thursday 10th and Friday 11th June  FULL

Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd October 5 spaces available

Thursday 25th and Friday 26th November 4 spaces available

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SCULPTURE

Spend two creative days weaving a large or small sale sculpture of your choice. You can work on figurative or non-figurative pieces for your home or garden.

Learn how to build a framework over a metal armature and weave using the interlace technique. Practice using willow effectively to build form and fluid surface textures.

Order your frame in advance of the workshop when you you book a place.

If you want to use a frame , prices are as follows:

Large frame (stag or deer), £15.00

Medium frame , (sheep or goat) £10.00

Complex frames, (leaping hare in stand, fox) £18.00

Bird frame in stand, ( heron, goose, pheasant), £15.00

Cost per adult £160.00, young adult (12-18yrs) £100

Thursday 24th and Friday 25th June FULL

Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd July FULL

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PLUM HANDBAGS WITH JUSTIN CAPP

We are delighted to have local leather craftsman, Justin Capp , join us on these two day workshops. Over lockdown 2020 I worked with Justin designing and creating a range of willow and leather handbags. The Plum and Plaited Plum are perfect for a day out to carry your water bottle, phone and snack. Learn how to weave a small oval (intermediates) or round (beginners) plum handbag on the first day and then on the second day add leather handles to your basket. Techniques include cutting, edge bevelling, burnishing, the mystery braid (for the plaited plum) and copper saddler's rivets.

Cost £160 per person , includes materials and refreshments.

Thursday 25th and Friday 26th March this date has now been cancelled see below for new date

New Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th June 4 spaces available

Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th September 4 spaces available

VISITING BASKETRY TUTORS TO THE OLD BREWERY STUDIOS

This year we are thrilled to be hosting workshops by two leading basketmakers, Francois Desplanches from France and Nadine Anderson from Ely , near Cambridge. Keep an eye on the website for the dates of these workshops to be announced. Or you can email me if you would like to be contacted regarding the dates of the workshops .

In the future we aim to continue inviting prestigious basketmakers to our workshop to offer you the opportunity to weave the finest craftspeople and design makers from Europe. Many of these workshops will be aimed at intermediate to advanced makers, the skills level of the workshop will be made clear when advertised. 

Francois Desplanches Workshop is now full

Rush skills day with Nadine Anderson. 

Monday 14th June, cost £80 .   FULL

You are invited to join us for a rush skills day with Nadine Anderson. Nadine lives and works in the Cambridgeshire Fens, she is a Yeoman Basketmaker of The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers. Nadine harvests her own rushes and weaves into traditional and contemporary designs. This is the only workshop Nadine is teaching this year, so we are delighted to host her at The Old Brewery Studios , check out Nadine's gorgeous work on instagram @elybasketmaker or on her website, elybasketmaker.com

Rushes are soft and easier to manipulate than willow, the material has an array of delicious natural colours ranging from yellows to greens and dusky browns and is fascinating to weave with. Techniques include pairing, check weave, plaiting and cordage.

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THREE DAY WORKSHOPS

These three day workshops are created so that you can spend time working on a project of your choice. You may wish to improve on a technique by repeating a certain basket or weave or you could remake a favourite basket. If you are a beginner you can relax and weave at a slower pace on a traditional or contemporary basket. Intermediate or advanced weavers may wish to use the opportunity to try a more challenging technique.

Alternatively, you can concentrate on sculpture or structures for your garden. I can help you with designs or you may be inspired by an item at the workshop.

There is a maximum of 6 students on the course. I can provide details of local guest houses , at the moment lunch is not provided until coronavirus restrictions are lifted. We start at 10 am and finish at 5pm.

Cost £240 per person. Materials are not included in the cost of the workshop, on average materials costs can range between £15 and £30.

Spring School 29th, 30th and 31st March  this workshop has now been cancelled, see below for new date

Mid-Spring School 26th, 27th and 28th May 2 spaces available

New 3 day School 16th , 17th and 18th June 3 spaces available

Summer School 28th , 29th and 30th July 4 spaces available

Autumn School 27th, 28th and 29th October 2 spaces available

TUESDAY WORKSHOPS

Come along to one or a set of three Tuesday workshops, held one day a month. They are open workshops, so you can work on any project of your choice. If you have booked 3 Tuesdays in a row you may wish to work on a larger basket or something more complex to complete in the three weeks.

Cost £80 per day, or book 3 Tuesdays in a block for £200. Includes materials and refreshments, bring your own lunch. 10am – 4.30pm

Tuesday 23rd March this date has now been cancelled, see below for new date

Tuesday 20th April this date has now been cancelled, see below for new date

Tuesday 18th May FULL

New Tuesday 1st June 2 spaces available

Tuesday 22nd June 3 spaces available

Tuesday 20th July

New Tuesday 3rd August FULL

Tuesday 21st September

Tuesday 5th October

Tuesday 19th October

Tuesday 23rd November

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WILLOW WORKSHOPS AND GIFT VOUCHERS

Due to the current lockdown our workshops are cancelled for the time being, we will hopefully reopen on 15th May . If you have a booking, we will be in touch before the date of the workshop to let you know if your workshop is going ahead.

If your workshop is cancelled, you can re-schedule your booking to later in the year, or have a refund.

We also have gift vouchers for one, two and three day workshops, there is no time limit on the vouchers.